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The Stylistics

After the Spinners and the O'Jays, the Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group produced by Thom Bell. During the early '70s, the band had 12 straight Top Ten hits, including "You Are Everything," "Betcha by Golly, Wow," "I'm Stone in Love With You," "Break Up to Make Up," and "You Make Me Feel Brand New." Of all their peers, the Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era. All of their hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush yet graceful productions of Bell, which helped make the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the '70s.

The Stylistics formed in 1968, when members of the Philadelphia soul groups the Monarchs and the Percussions joined forces after their respective band dissolved. Thompkins, James Smith, and Airrion Love hailed from the Monarchs; James Dunn and Herbie Murrell were from the Percussions. In 1970, the group recorded "You're a Big Girl Now," a song their road manager Marty Bryant co-wrote with Robert Douglas, a member of their backing band Slim and the Boys, and the single became a regional hit for Sebring Records. The larger Avco Records soon signed the Stylistics, and single eventually climbed to number seven in early 1971.

Once they were on Avco, the Stylistics began working with producer/songwriter Thom Bell, who had previously worked with the Delfonics. The Stylistics became Bell's pet project and with lyricist Linda Creed, he crafted a series of hit singles that relied as much on the intricately arranged and lush production as they did on Thompkins' falsetto. Every single that Bell produced for the Stylistics was a Top Ten R&B hit, and several -- "You Are Everything," "Betcha by Golly, Wow," "I'm Stone in Love With You," "Break Up to Make Up," and "You Make Me Feel Brand New" -- were also Top Ten pop hits.

Following "You Make Me Feel Brand New" in the spring of 1974, the Stylistics broke away from Bell and began working with Van McCoy, who helped move the group towards a softer, easy listening style. In 1976, they left Avco and signed with H&L. The group's American record sales declined, yet they remained popular in Europe, particularly in Great Britain, where "Sing Baby Sing" (1975), "Na Na Is the Saddest Word" (1975), "Can't Give You Anything" (1975), and "Can't Help Falling in Love" (1976) were all Top Five hits. The Stylistics continued to tour and record throughout the latter half of the '70s, as their popularity steadily declined. In 1980, Dunn left the group because of poor health, and he was followed later that year by Smith. The remaining Stylistics continued performing as a trio on oldies shows into the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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soul music with so much style
ALWAYS AND FOREVER FROM HEATWAVE REMIND ME OF A BEAUITFUL RELATESHIP I HAD IN THE SUMMER OF 1984 SMILE....
THE STYLISTICS REMIND OF MY BEAUITFUL AUNT USED TO LISTEN TO THEY MUSIC WHEN I GROWING UP GOING OVER HER HOUSE. WE STILL LOVE LISTENING TO THEM NOW SMILE..
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Boy ive been told
OMG i love this ststion it rrminds me of ny love indio DRM selma.ca.... .
These bio's seem to leave out the great Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The writers of these songs. Kudos Misters Gamble & Huff !!
Everybody wants to go to heaven
But nobody wants to die
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I was in my prime to live this was truly a blessing these days won't return truly sorry if u missed them
linda luck just loving them.one of the best groups.
I really love this saw them in 1986 in Pennsylvania
stpratcher
One of my favorite groups! Brings back great memories.
Agreed songs these days
These are the oldies but goodies,Bein g with the one you love.treasur e this special moment.
I have loved the Stylistics since waaaaaaaaaay back when........ . . 1 8 7 4 , or something like that!!! :-D
Stylistics.. . . f e e l good music!
My very first album
trinadch
Songs by these Artists is real music. Although back in the day it apply to life today. This is what I call MUSIC!
Nice!!
There are people in this country that don't know these songs they are missing out on music history and a time of top songs and talent God given
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Love the stylis tick my favourite when I'm young bring back my memories now I'm sixty years old happy to keep listening vickyamos
Oh wow! I'm 13 years old again. I love this song!!!
Man I feel like I'm taken back in time. Best time one could ever want to be in. Great cicer Richard
I remember all their songs! They seem to never get old yesterday, today and tomorrow. RQ/rxh
Funny how you can apply a song to life today and it becomes the truth and light for the future soul music for life
Man who were they thinking of when they wrote these songs and how they reach the point of harmony jus
T listen to the instruments involved
Stop, Look, Listen. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS SONG AND THE MOVIE BRIDGETTE JONES' DIARY. :-)
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you're the one that I've been waiting for foreverrrr. AWH this the jam
Another one of Phillys finest! The Stylistics.. . . Still performing their classics to this day... Stop, Look, Listen to your heart
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Eddieg can I get a hall ya from some were
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This music love it grow up fast lots slow dance lets go back eddieg
That's when music was music. Bring back the real rhythm and blues......
Timeless!!
I feel for you Pedro, forget about her , Continue with your own company and when you least expect it the right one will come along. BELIEVE IN DREAMS? ♥♥♥♥

Nice memories , long walks , long Johns, leftys not all rights but for sure sweethearts this was the perfect music, Sweet inocent times full of hope and tenderness. I just adore this music.♥♥♥♥♥♥

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